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Second-inning surge propels Mustangs, 13-1

Medford chipped away at Salem Post 20 pitching on Tuesday to snap a two-game losing streak with a 13-1 victory at Harry & David Field.

The Mustangs (17-7) managed 12 singles — seven in an eight-run second inning — to pull away from the visiting Dirtbags in nonleague play.

Tate Cowden led the attack by going 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI, while Micah Brown was 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI and Jordan Ragan 2-for-5 with one RBI.

The Mustangs got off to a good start in the bottom of the first by immediately loading the bases to set up an RBI walk drawn by Bryce Rogan and a run scored by Jared Evans after a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead.

Medford broke the contest open in the second by sending 12 batters to the plate and using seven hits to score eight runs for a 10-0 advantage. Aaron Hutchinson supplied a big hit in the frame with his two-run single and finished with three RBIs.

Will Weaver improved his pitching record to 4-1 by allowing three hits on 31 pitches in three scoreless innings. Cody Coggins offset a pair of walks by striking out the side in his one inning on the mound, while Colton Westfall also finished with three strikeouts over two scoreless innings of relief.

The Dirtbags loaded the bases in the sixth for their first scoring chance, but Westfall got a strikeout and then induced a flyball out that led to an inning-ending double play at third base thanks to a heads up relay by catcher Jett Hamik.

Medford next hits the road for six games in four days at the Reno Knights Fourth of July Tournament in Nevada. The 16-team tourney begins Thursday for the Mustangs, who open at 8 p.m. against the Boise Capitals.

Salem Post 20;000;000;1;—;1;9;2

Medford Mustangs;280;030;x;—;13;12;1

Mendazona, Fong (2), Amador (4), Johnson (6) and Zellner; Weaver, Coggins (4), Westfall (5), Ragan (7) and Wolff, Hamik (4). W — Weaver (4-1). L — Mendazona. 2B — S: Armstrong, Dhote.

NORTH MEDFORD 13-7, CRATER 3-1: At North Medford High, Larson Kindreich had a big day at the plate and pitched the opening win in Area 4 A play.

Kindreich went 4-for-4 with three runs and an RBI in the first game and 2-for-3 with a run in the second to lead the Mavericks (17-4).

He allowed five hits, struck out five and walked three in the five-inning opener.

Also in the first game, Justin Geyer drove in five runs, going 2-for-3. He had a two-run triple in a seven-run first. Honus Kindreich, who drove in three, and Barry Hunt, who scored twice, each went 2-for-3.

Crater’s Cain Smith was 2-for-2 with two RBIs.

In the second game, Hunt was 3-for-3, Geyer 2-for-4 and each scored a run and had an RBI.

Honus Kindreich went the distance, allowing seven hits, striking out seven and walking two.

The Comets’ Jacob Ireland was 3-for-3 with an RBI.

FIRST GAME

Crater;300;00;—;3;5;7

North Medford;731;02;—;13;12;3

Ireland and Bartlett; L. Kindreich and Geyer. W — L. Kindreich (4-0). L — Ireland. 2B — C: Smith; NM: H. Kindreich. 3B — NM: Geyer, L. Kindreich.

SECOND GAME

Crater;100;000;0;—;1;7;3

North Medford;600;100;x;—;7;11;1

Bastendorff, Boldin (5) and Smith; H. Kindreich and Geyer. W — H. Kindreich (3-0). 2B — C: Ireland.